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The History Channel Shootout

Shootout! is a documentary series featured on The History Channel and ran for two seasons from 2005 to 2006. It depicts actual firefights between United States military personnel and other combatants. There are also occasional episodes dedicated to police or S.W.A.T. team firefights, as well as Wild West shootouts. It also now has a feature of downloading and playing a first-person shooter, developed by Kuma Reality Games, detailing some of the battles. The battles include skirmishes from World War II, the Vietnam War, and the ongoing War on Terror in Afghanistan and during the 2003-2011 Iraq War. Season 1 was produced for The History Channel by Greystone Communications and Season 2 was produced by Flight 33 Productions. The series was created by Dolores Gavin and Louis Tarantino.

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How long have Xavier and UC been playing in the Crosstown Shootout? The history of the Crosstown Shootout dates back to 1928, when the University of Cincinnati helped St. Xavier College dedicate its brand new, $350,000 Schmidt Fieldhouse, which had a capacity of 4,500. Xavier won the game, 29-25, and the two teams didn't meet again until the 1942-43 season, which many feel is the official start of the annualized rivalry.

On this day in 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. After silver was discovered nearby in 1877, Tombstone quickly grew into one of the richest mining towns in the Southwest. Wyatt Earp, a former Kansas police officer working as a bank security guard, and his brothers, Morgan and Virgil, the town marshal, represented "law and order" in Tombstone, though they also had reputations as being power-hungry and ruthless.

The famous gunfight that ensued lasted all of 30 seconds, and around 30 shots were fired. Though it's still debated who fired the first shot, most reports say that the shootout began when Virgil Earp pulled out his revolver and shot Billy Clanton point-blank in the chest, while Doc Holliday fired a shotgun blast at Tom McLaury's chest. Though Wyatt Earp wounded Frank McLaury with a shot in the stomach, Frank managed to get off a few shots before collapsing, as did Billy Clanton.

When I first heard about Shootout! back in 2005, I wasn't quite sure how The History Channel was going to make a continuing series out of that premise. Chronicling infamous shootouts throughout history seemed far too limited a concept to sustain a multi-episode series. But the producers of Shootout! keep the series fresh by first utilizing first-rate production values, and second by making sure the focus of the series is as much on the human element as it is on the firepower involved in each conflagration. It's apparent that there's a good-sized budget (or if not, it's used very effectively) for Shootout!, with a big-screen feel to many of the episodes' battle scenes. As well, the quality of the 3D CGI effects are top-notch, as you've come to expect from The History Channel. There's no getting around the fact that military buffs love charts, maps, battle and location simulations, and simulated heavy firepower, and The History Channel Presents Shootout! Seasons 1 and 2 doesn't skimp on those necessities.

But far more importantly, The History Channel Presents Shootout! Seasons 1 and 2 keeps an equal emphasis on the men and women involved in these shootouts, and their personal heroism and courage that often times turned the tide of a particular battle. For those viewers who may think The History Channel still only concentrates on WWII, you may be surprised to find that in The History Channel Presents Shootout! Seasons 1 and 2 boxed set, in addition to standard subjects like WWII and Vietnam, Shootout! also looks at modern urban warfare (with an amazing episode on the North Hollywood shootout), a trip back to the Old West, and quite a few episodes devoted to the current war on terrorism in Iraq. The opening episode of the box set, D-Day: Fallujah is an absolutely riveting, harrowing account of our Marine assault on the Islamo-fascist stronghold, with recreated combat footage as good as anything you saw in Black Hawk Down. With the history of the liberation of Iraq being rewritten almost daily by the mainstream media, it's vital to listen to the first-hand accounts of the boots on the field, the heroic U.S. servicemen who have a far different take on this conflict.

Wild West Duels at high-noon on deserted, dusty streets are pure myth. Real shootouts were up-close, messy, drunken affairs sparked by scuffles over money, women, and sometimes just a dirty look. Step inside these savage, sadistic gun battles as each phase of the fight is re-created in crisp, high-tech detail.

DISC SIX: The Big Red One The 1st Infantry Division, aka Big Red One, fought more campaigns than any other division in World War II. Step inside battles that defined history from North Africa to Normandy to the final shootout at the Falkenau concentration camp.

Afghanistan's Deadliest Snipers For five years, heroic U.S. Servicemen and their allies have hunted Al Qaeda and Taliban extremists in the mountains of Afghanistan. This ongoing search has brought both battlefield successes and heartbreaking tragedies, as gun battles and deadly shootouts continue to ravage the area.

Exciting for neutrals yet dreaded for players, coaches and fans, the penalty shootout has been an intrinsic part of knockout tournament football, like the FIFA World Cup, since the 1970s.

The Israel vs Bulgaria quarter-finals in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico is another example. After a 1-1 draw, Bulgaria progressed to the semi-finals after drawing lots. The match, in particular, paved the way for penalty shootouts in football.

Joseph Dagan, a former Israeli sports journalist who later served as the Israel Football Association (IFA) general secretary, was upset at the way his team was knocked out and proposed a new and definitive tie-breaking method, the precursor to the modern-day penalty shootout. He took cues from the unofficial tie-breakers which were used in several domestic club competitions, including the Coppa Italia in the late 1950s, to draw up the rules.

In a typical knockout football match, if the two teams are tied after the regulation 90 minutes they play extra time - two halves of 15 minutes. If the contest is still undecided after 120 minutes of play, the penalty shootout comes into effect.

A penalty shootout starts with two coin tosses - the first to determine the side of the field where the kicks will be taken from and the second to determine which team takes the first kick of the penalty shootout.

Before a penalty shootout starts, each team selects five players to take penalty kicks. Penalty shootouts where teams take penalty kicks alternatively is known as the ABAB system and is the most commonly used in big events like World Cups and Euros.

If a team takes an unassailable lead during the initial series of five kicks, it wins the match. However, if the teams are still level after the five kicks, the sudden death phase of the penalty shootout kicks in.

After trial runs in domestic leagues, the 1976 European Championship was the first major international tournament which was decided through a penalty shootout, as Czechoslovakia beat West Germany 5-3 on penalties after playing out a 2-2 draw.

In 1977, the penalty shootout was used for the first time in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match. Tunisia hosted Morocco in the first round of the CAF (African) qualifiers and won on penalties after extra time.

The first time that a penalty shootout decided a World Cup match was at the 1982 edition held in Spain. Finalists West Germany edged out France 5-4 in the shootout after their semi-final clash was tied at 3-3 after extra time.

The first World Cup final decided by a penalty shootout was at USA 1994 with Brazil and Italy facing off for the title. After a goalless stalemate, Brazil beat the Azzurri 3-2 in the shootout with Roberto Baggio missing a famous penalty in the match.

Germany, meanwhile, have never lost a penalty shootout in the FIFA World Cup, winning all four of the dreaded tie-breakers. Croatia, three wins in three, are the only other team which has been involved in more than one penalty shootout in the World Cup but still holds a 100 percent record.

Ukrainian goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy is the only goalkeeper to have not conceded a goal in a World Cup penalty shootout. Against Switzerland in the 2006 World Cup Round of 16, Shovkovskiy saved two and watched Tranquillo Barnetta hit the post as Ukraine edged out Switzerland 3-0.

Italy legend Roberto Baggio has been a part of three different World Cup penalty shootouts, the most by any player in history. He scored in two of them but ended up on the losing side on all three occasions.

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